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Ultimate European Journey
(Amsterdam to Bucharest)

24 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Amsterdam (embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (Dinner)
Day 2: Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Make your way through Cologne’s Old Town to the city’s UNESCO-designated Gothic cathedral. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.  (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Gala Dinner)

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 3: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of gondola ride to the Niederwald Monument OR Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

Cruise the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley, famous for its castles and dramatic scenery. Later, take a cable car ride over Rheingau vineyards or experience a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Frankfurt (Heidelberg or Frankfurt)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full-day Heidelberg visit OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour
Discover the university town of Heidelberg, home to the most beautiful Renaissance castle ruins in Europe. Or, see Frankfurt on foot with a local expert. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Note: Lunch is not included with the full-day Heidelberg tour.

Day 5: Wertheim
FEATURED EXCURSION: Wertheim walking discovery tour with exclusive Franconian pretzel-making demonstration and wine tasting at a private wine estate

After a stroll through Wertheim’s historic center, head to a boutique wine estate for a private wine tasting and pretzel-making demonstration. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Würzburg
FEATURED EXCURSION: Würzburg Residenz visit

Venture ashore to the exquisite Würzburg Residence, a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Cruising the Main River
Day at leisure onboard while cruising the scenic Main River. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Bamberg
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Bamberg walking discovery tour OR exclusive Franconian “Village Day” farm and village visit

Explore Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—or experience farm life in the German countryside. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit

In Nuremberg, you can take either a city tour or a tour focusing on significant WWII sites, including the venue where the famous Nuremberg trials took place. Later, cross the European continental divide as you cruise through the Main-Danube Canal. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.

Day 10: Kehlheim - Regensburg 
Regensburg FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of “2,000 Years in One Hour” Regensburg walking discovery tour OR “From Hops Field to Beer Stein” farm visit OR BMW factory visit

Choose your own adventure—a walking discovery tour of a well-preserved medieval town, a visit to a farm or a look at state-of-the-art German engineering. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi museum instead.

Day 11: Passau, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Passau walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Danube River

The accessible city of Passau has a charming Old Town to explore on a guided walk, or you can choose to take a guided bike ride along the Danube. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Cruising the Wachau Valley, Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Weissenkirchen “Village Day” with exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit

After scenic cruising through the Wachau Valley, take a village stroll, taste apricot-infused delicacies and hike to a vineyard wine tasting. Or, opt for an excursion to Melk’s ninth-century abbey. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Vienna
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Vienna city tour with Winter Palace of Prince Eugene visit OR exclusive “Vienna, City of Arts” tour

Explore Vienna’s rich history with a city tour that ventures inside a magnificent palace, or see the Gustav Klimt art exhibit at the Belvedere. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Budapest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Budapest by bike

Choose a panoramic tour of Budapest, a walking tour that features a popular market and public garden, or to see the sights by bicycle with an expert guide. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Gala Dinner)

Day 15: Budapest
Enjoy a free day in Budapest. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Budapest, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Budapest city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Budapest walking tour 
Savor the beauty of Buda and Pest, which lie on opposite sides of the Danube, with a panoramic coach tour. Marvel at St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Hungarian National Museum, and the UNESCO-designated Castle Hill district, where you’ll find the magnificent St. Matthias Church. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” by hopping on the metro to Lehel Market Hall, an enormous indoor food and fruit market. After enjoying a coffee break at a local coffee house and sweet shop, you’ll head to the oldest garden in Budapest, the beautiful Károlyi Garden, before ending at the National Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.  (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Gala Dinner)

Day 17: Cruising the Danube River, Vukovar (Osijek)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Full-day tour of Vukovar and Osijek with farm visit and home-hosted lunch 
Take a short walking discovery tour of Vukovar before departing for Osijek, where you’ll explore the Old Town on foot. Then venture into the Croatian countryside to experience a family-owned farm and enjoy a delicious tapas-style meal. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 18: Belgrade
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belgrade city tour with visit to the Royal Grounds of Karadjordjevic Dynasty Palace or exclusive guided “Go Active” “I Bike Belgrade” tour 
Explore Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and largest city, in one of two ways—a panoramic tour that includes a tour inside the Royal Palace, or a guided bike tour highlighting historic sites dating from WWII to the present day. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19: Cruising the Iron Gates
Spend a day onboard cruising through the Iron Gates, a scenic stretch of the Danube marking the boundary between Romania and Serbia.  (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 20: Vidin, cruising the Danube River
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Belogradchik rock formations OR Romanian “Cetate Cultural Port” visit
Explore the lesser-known town of Vidin and the extraordinary Belogradchik rocks, whose peculiar shapes have given rise to many legends. Or, visit the Cetate Cultural Port, a residence for writers and artists.  (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 21: Rousse (Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi or Rousse and Ivanovo)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi with authentic Bulgarian lunch OR Rousse walking discovery tour and Ivanovo and Basarbovo monasteries
See the majestic ruins of Tsarevetz Castle in Veliko Tarnovo and the frescoed Nativity Church in Arbanassi, followed by a traditional Bulgarian lunch. Or, opt for a walking discovery tour of Rousse and tour the UNESCO-designated cave churches of Ivanovo and Basarbovo. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.  (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 22: Giurgiu, transfer to Bucharest
FEATURED EXCURSION: Choice of Bucharest city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bucharest walking tour
Disembark the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Bucharest, where your panoramic tour highlights the city’s eclectic mix of Soviet- and French-inspired architecture. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” with a guided walk through revitalized downtown neighborhoods. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 23: Bucharest
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of People’s Palace visit OR Romanian countryside tour with visits to Mogosoaia Palace and Vlad the Impaler’s tomb. 

Spend some time today in the lavish People’s Palace—the world’s largest civilian building, erected at enormous cost. Or, you can choose to head into the countryside to get a closer look at the lives of Romanian villagers and explore the 18th-century Mogosoaia Palace and the lakeside tomb of Vlad the Impaler. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 24: Bucharest, transfer to the airport
Transfer to Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport for your flight home.
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All This Included

Discover the best of Europe on an unforgettable journey spanning the centuries.

Prepare for the voyage of a lifetime as you travel the length of Europe through eight nations, exploring the wonders of the Old World and the New. Cruising along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, you will witness stupendous natural beauty, soaring cathedrals and majestic palaces, and visit six capital cities (Amsterdam, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest). Along the way, you'll have opportunities to explore picturesque towns and villages and discover numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the dramatic castle-lined Upper Middle Rhine Valley and the Gothic glory of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral. From Amsterdam to Bucharest, experience the best of Europe on this utterly remarkable and all-inclusive journey. 

  • 21-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the imperial River Duchess
  • 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days 
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients including 25 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 21 dinners; 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions; 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • Explore 9 countries and 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 20 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all shore excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard River Duchess 
Bucharest: Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar)
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Airfare is not included in prices listed above. Please inquire at time of booking for best available airfare pricing. 
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $525 and are per person, cruise only, based on double occupancy. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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